Seminar on Electronic Health Records - June 26

On Monday, June 26, Alice Dreger, Ph.D., author of Galileo's Middle Finger:  Herectics, Activitsts and the Search for Justice in Science, will present "A Key Limitation and Danger of the Electronic Health Record (EHR):  "In Which Winnie the Pooh Teaches Us Something Important About the EHR's Central Lesion" from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Glick Eye Institute, 1160 W. Michigan Street, Room 103.

The electronic health record (EHR) holds the potential to be a fantastic technology in many ways. It promises better patient access to records, the ability to look more systematically for risk before harm happens, a way for health care professionals to more accurately track patients longitudinally, and a means to kinds of medical research we could never do before. But the EHR also has the potential to obscure the importance of cohesive narrative in patients’ lives. This talk uses A.A. Milne’s story of Owl’s house being blown down, along with research from clinical psychology, cross-cultural anthropology, and evolutionary biology, to suggest that, unless we think about the great big narrative holes the EHR is leaving in patients’ lives, we may not be healing people as well as we could. Drawing on her experiences as an historian of medicine and science—including as one who has composed short, private, client-centered medical histories for victims of iatrogenic trauma—the speaker will suggest that the macrohistory of science and medicine that helps us understand the power of the EHR also compels us to consider the need for a micro history of medicine that makes up for one of the EHR’s worst unintended consequences.

Directions:  The Glick Eye Institute is located at the corner of Michigan Street and Riley Hospital Drive, one light west of Barnhill Drive (directly across from the Dental School.  Building and driveway entrance is on the east side of the building, before the stop light at Riley Hospital Drive.  There is a sculpture on the east side of the building "Open Eyes" that is noticeable and helps identify the building.

Upcoming Events

On Thursday, June 29, from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Kimberly A. Quaid, Ph.D. will present Research Misconduct as part of the Translational Research Ethics:  Applied Topics (TREATs) series. The talk will be presented in the IU Center for Bioethics Conference Room, HITS 3139.  The presentation will be followed by questions and answers.  Dr. Quaid is Professor of Medical and Molecular Genetics, IU School of Medicine. 


On Tuesday, July 11 from 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m., Dr. Tuan Tran, Assistant Professor of Medicine will present Applying Systems Biology Approaches to Studies of Acquired Immunity to Malaria in African Children.  The presentation is part of the IU Center for Bioethics and IU Center for Global Health Seminar Series.  The talk will be given in RO121, Rotary Building.  Everyone is welcome.  Lunch is provided.  Unable to attend?  Please join us using the web conference link:  Conference ID:  232749095 (if prompted).

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